B.C. mixed curling champions

B.C. mixed curling champions

Orme helps Joanisse win provincials

There was no stopping Dean Joanisse at the B.C. Mixed Curling Championships in Kelowna.

Morning Star Staff

There was no stopping Dean Joanisse at the B.C. Mixed Curling Championships in Kelowna.

Joanisse, from the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, and his rink of third Shannon Aleksic, Vernon native Tyler Orme at second and lead Kelsey Steiger, went undefeated to claim the provincial crown, capping things off with a 5-2 win Sunday over former Vernon junior curler Tom Buchy and his Kimberley rink.

Joanisse, who lost the provincial men’s final to Vernon’s Jim Cotter at the Vernon Curling Club in February, began Sunday’s final by scoring three in the first. They then forced Buchy to blank the second end, before stealing one in the third. The teams shook hands after seven ends of the eight-end final.

The Joanisse foursome, sponsored by Armstrong’s Rellish Transport, will now represent B.C. at the Canadian mixed championships, Nov. 7-14, at the Weston Club in Toronto.

Buchy, and third Lori Buchy, second Dave Toffolo and lead Robyn Toffolo, recorded singles in the fifth and seventh end but had to concede in the eighth after running out of rocks. They previously won the championship in 2006, 2010 and 2012.

Joanisse went 3-0 in the preliminary round to claim the A event and a spot in the one-versus-two Page Playoff format Saturday night, where he scored an 8-3 win over Mike Freeman of Chilliwack. Joanisse took control of the match with a five-ender in the first.

The win gave Joanisse a berth in the final and dropped Freeman to the semifinal match.

Buchy began his trip to the provincial final with an 8-4 C event qualifying win over Salmon Arm’s Paul Cseke, curling out of Royal City (Cseke was Joanisse’s third at the provincial men’s finals).

In the three-versus-four playoff game, Buchy dumped Sarah Wark of Kerry Park, near Duncan, 6-1, advancing to the semifinal where he edged Freeman 4-3 to earn a spot in the final.

The Joanisse rink is unbeaten since they formed in February. Three members of Team Joanisse had already come close to clinching provincial titles this year as Joanisse was runner-up at the B.C. Men’s, in Vernon, whilst Orme took bronze at the same event and Aleksic was a B.C. Scotties bronze medallist.

Said Aleksic: “It’s always a thrill and honour to represent your province at a national championship. It is all the more special because I have achieved this with my fiancé (Joanisse) and two great friends. We look forward to trying to do B.C. proud.”